CEA 2016: creation [Special Topics: Composition and Rhetoric]

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Call for Papers, CEA 2016

creation [Special Topics: Composition and Rhetoric]

47th Annual Conference | March 31-April 2, 2016 | Denver, CO

"And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name."
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Proposals will be accepted online at www.cea-web.org beginning August 15, 2015.

Submission deadline: November 1, 2015

For our 2016 meeting, the College English Association invites papers and panels that explore the literary, the rhetorical, the pedagogical and the professional "creations" of our fields.

To create, to study the creation of others and thus re-create in various manifestations of potential meaning, to be a creator of a text or meaning or environment, to stimulate creativity or creation in others—creation is at the heart of what we do. That perhaps wondrous act or process or phenomenon of bringing something into being that did not exist before, creation may be recognized in writing, in analysis, in the coming together of disparate elements in a class discussion during which the lecturer sees the lights come on or hears a student's perspective remarkable in its profundity and originality. The creations of evolving conceptions of text, publication and authorship are changing so rapidly that the profession struggles to provide meaningful definition. What do we create, hope our students will create, see or reconstruct in the creations of others?

For the special topics in Composition and Rhetoric, I am particularly intrigued by aspects of creation in, around, and about our classrooms and pedagogies. Topics could include, but are not limited to
• How do we encourage creation in our writing classes?
• How do we create, or recreate, curriculum?
• How do we collaborate with students in the creation of writing classes?
• How do multimodal assignments encourage creation?
• How does rhetoric instruction enable creation?


CEA 2016 will be held at the Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street, Denver, CO, 80202.

Phone: (303) 295-1234

Questions? Contact Danielle Nielsen at dnielsen@murraystate.edu.

Online Submissions

CEA proposals should be submitted electronically through our conference
management database housed at the following web address:


Electronic submissions open 15 August and close on 1 November 2015. Abstracts for proposals should be between 200 and 500 words in length and should include a title. Please note that only one proposal may be submitted per participant.

Submitting electronically involves setting up a user ID, then using that ID to log in – this time to a welcome page which provides a link for submitting proposals to the conference. If you are submitting a panel with multiple participants, please create a user ID for each proposed participant. If you
have attended CEA before and are willing to serve as a session chair or respondent for a panel other than your own, please indicate so on your submission.

Important Information for Presenters
•A-V equipment and any form of special accommodation must be requested
at the time of proposal submission.
•CEA can provide DVD players, overhead projectors, data projectors, and
CD/cassette players, but not computers or Internet access.
•To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits all presentations to 15
•Notifications of proposal status will be sent around 5 December 2015.
•All presenters must join CEA by 1 January 2016 to appear on the program.
•No person may make more than one presentation at the conference.
•Presenters must make their own presentation in person at the conference
venue; no proxies are allowed. No "virtual" presentations are permitted
("skyping in," etc).
•CEA welcomes graduate student presenters, but does not accept proposals
from undergraduates.
•CEA does not sponsor or fund travel or underwrite participant costs.
•Papers must be presented in English.

Note to Graduate Students

Graduate students may submit their conference presentation for the CEA Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, which carries a small prize. Information on how to submit that paper will be sent to accepted panelists after the membership deadline.

Graduate students are asked to identify themselves as such in their proposals so we can send information about the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award when it is available.


Contact Jeffrey DeLotto at cea.english@gmail.com. (Please put "Program Chair" in the Subject line.)

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